Prayer & Praise
We fix your role towards us in the ways we need.
We approach you from the particular angle of our life.
We do all that, not because you need to be identified, but because of our deep need, our deep wound, our deep hope.
And then, we are astonished that while our names for you serve for a moment, you break beyond them in your freedom, you show yourself yet fresh beyond our utterance, you retreat into your splendor beyond our grasp.
We are – by your freedom and your hiddenness – made sure yet again that you are God … beyond us, for us, but beyond us, not at our beck and call, but always in your own way.
We stammer about your identity, only to learn that it is our own unsettling before you that wants naming.
Beyond all our explaining and capturing and fixing you … we give you praise, we thank you for your fleshed presence in suffering love, and for our names that you give us. Amen.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 14). Kindle Edition.